Where does situation in Afghanistan stand?
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:33
- Date Dec 10, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Fundamental mission in Afghanistan is to establish and Afghanistan that can.
Secure and govern itself and ensure that -- Qaeda never again.
Finds a safe haven.
From which to conduct attacks on.
When the United States or any other country.
Defense Secretary Panetta the end of last month talking about Afghanistan.
The mission on Sunday was to save the life of this man -- Joseph Colorado Springs doctor have been kidnapped with two other.
Afghans working for an Ngo in Afghanistan.
And the operation.
-- was dangerous.
-- -- -- Combined operations from the time we're just -- percent of natural -- kind of operation.
So for us captions.
Found the task and decided to just try and start to the national science and the assessment of course took that wasn't and it didn't show before.
We're just provincial.
And petty officer first class Nicklaus -- 28 years old navy seal member of seal team six was killed in that operation.
To his family we're back with the panel.
We don't talk about Afghanistan a lot Charles but this mission and the doctors alive he's well he's free and maybe -- -- tonight.
The fact that we don't talk about it.
And that we only do and we hear about a mission like this I think is what makes it doubly tragic obviously there's terrible tragedy that we lose a brave soldiers.
Who who gave his life ultimately to save another American.
Which is sort of the tradition of these incredibly.
But good tragedy I think the double tragedy is lying there dying why -- they over the we have senator defends saved our mission is to establish who leave -- -- government will maintain itself.
That release information for world -- Obama would -- of aborted the surge in mid September which he did do before the election.
Who would he kept it into the winter season.
Is that where our mission he would've honored with the it military commanders had asked for the beginning of the surge a way to control the south and east -- same time.
In fact he cut the number of troops who you can only do -- out.
We are never going to do the east.
Essentially we're simply trying to hold on so we have a decent interval between our withdrawal and a renewal of the civil war.
And if that's the case -- the mission is not success.
If Obama had cut back and never speaks about this this is never in the consciousness of the nation.
I don't think there's ever been a war in our history where -- president speaks less about.
And -- is less support on behalf of a real ongoing.
Operation where Americans are dying if that's our mission which is minimal getting out why of these brave soldiers.
Law I don't think there's Democrats that are not talking about the war go back to the Republican Convention I think your nominee didn't talk about those in Afghanistan.
I think the real issue here is what can the United States rationally expect to accomplish.
Before leaving we've been here ten years now like we just.
Showed up and Howard quickly you know the -- of our tails showing as we run away we -- there we have.
It has cost us lives there's just cost us another life.
And you can see that a good American doctor was they're trying to help in terms of a rural clinic it's no shortage of American commitment to Afghanistan.
This problem is that not only Americans but people come before have tried to -- we've seen the result there is no way that any foreign force is going to set the future of Afghanistan ocelot.
Well I think in fact the American people just look at the polls say now would be a good time yeah.
This kind of reminds me of the end of the Vietnam War where there's a lot of clever.
Maneuvering by Henry Kissinger.
I gain to set up a plausible political climate for bugging out.
And that's sort of where they I think the Obama administration is where they're that good policy or not has a different conversation.
But these talks about whether we're gonna pull out a 2014 expedite things or not.
These are these are all ways of basically saying we're done with this place and I don't know that you couldn't have dramatically more success if we committed troops and resources the way some people wanted to.
But there's simply not that political will Washington's.
We'll -- stop talking about it.